Ottawa residents pissing on each other

There’s a new problem highlighted with the return of CFL football in Ottawa. Fans are turning the surrounding neighbourhood into a public toilet, urinating on walls and lawns, and in recycling bins and garbage cans. This isn’t just the typical late-night troublemaking; fans are doing this on their way to the game, as people are out enjoying their yards and community.

Before last month’s home opener, Bentley and his wife were in their kitchen when they saw four men peeing into his yard along his fence. When he went outside and confronted them, he said they laughed and one of them told him to relax.

“The part that’s really surprising is how unconcerned everybody is about it,” said Bentley, an engineer officer in the military.

“Try to imagine: you’re going out to sit and have supper in your backyard, and you’ve got dudes p—— on your fence and laughing at you because you’re upset about it. That’s pretty hard to take.”

This is clearly a problem. The stadium, blocks away, has washroom facilities, but people have decided that they want to drink (illegally, mind you) in the Beer Store parking lot and relieve themselves on nearby homes. The city has been pretty good about responding to other issues throughout the first half of the season, so hopefully they’ll be a little more mindful of people befouling residences.

Unfortunately, not only are fans pissing all over homes, Ottawa residents are pissing all over each other. If you read the comments on linked article, you should be astonished at the vitriol leveled at residents of the Glebe (similar to the abuse hurled at residents of Lakeside Avenue). You would think these people are a menace for moving into the RedBlacks’ greater latrine area.

Similarly, a story comes out of Kanata regarding noise complaints. Local bars and farms are disturbing the peace, and residents aren’t happy about it, as many of us wouldn’t be. We have noise bylaws, and we expect everyone to be able to live relatively peacefully without burdening neighbours too much.

But, again, commenters on the article can’t wait to hurl invectives at residents. For wanting to be able to sleep, they’re bad people. For not wanting to hear simulated gun shots every ten minutes, they’re entitled snobs. The hatred of others and their lives is truly disgusting.

This is not community. This is not how we should live. If you believe that people deserve scorn and abuse solely based on where they live, you’re a bad person.

And I kind of hope someone pisses on you.

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4 thoughts on “Ottawa residents pissing on each other

  1. The “Simulated gun shots” you speak of is most likely what farmers (use) and call a “Corn Banger” Black birds can basically destroy a field of corn in a matter of days if left undeterred. The use of these bangers while annoying usually only occurs during daylight hours, and only for a handful of weeks. It is a normal agricultural practice. It should be noted that farmers have a right to take measures to protect their crops and livestock. I guess if you don’t like normal farming practices, don’t move next to a farm, and if you don’t want piss on your fence well……..

    • It’s nice of you to demonstrate the exact asshole behaviour I’m calling out.

      Yes, the simulated gun shots are corn bangers. And, yes, it’s standard agricultural practice. There may be nothing we can do to help those who have to listen them all day. That doesn’t mean we need insult the people living nearby. It’s fair to say, “that sucks, but there’s not really anything that can be done about it.” See? It’s not hard to express empathy while also acknowledging the reality of the situation. That’s what I was talking about when I wrote, “to live relatively peacefully without burdening neighbours too much.”

      The bar can probably turn the volume down a bit (I live close to a loud bar, and I am never disturbed by their music). Maybe the farms can’t stop using corn bangers. If that’s the case, then demanding they stop probably *would* be too much of a burden.

      But what the hell do you mean by “if you don’t want piss on your fence”? These people live on a quiet residential street in the middle of the city. There are ample bathrooms nearby (TD Place has a whole bunch of ’em). It’s not standard practice to piss on the street in inner-ring neighbourhoods. It’s definitely not standard practice for your backyard to be used as a toilet at 5:00 pm while you’re out there having dinner.

      • I do think this leads to the obvious solution: Piss Bangers – simulated gun shots to scare away the boors

  2. Hey.
    Stumbled upon this post through Google. Thought you might be interested in knowing that a group in Ottawa is starting a campaign for my public toilets in the city, specifically downtown, and in the coming LRT stations. The initiative is called Gotta go! and if you’re intrigued, more info can be found here: http://kdub155.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/3963/. Also, there is an online petition in support of more public toilets here: http://www.change.org/p/mathieu-fleury-install-clean-open-public-toilets-that-are-accessible-to-persons-of-all-abilities-in-all-proposed-lrt-stations-in-ottawa
    Take care.

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